I’ve been thinking lately about my goals and my priorities, and how my habits line up with them. I have decided that blogging every day is not a goal or a priority for me, and so I will stop torturing myself for not having this as a habit. I think that once a week is more reasonable, but it is not my highest of priorities.
Talking to my family every week on Skype is a high priority for me, and therefore I keep that as a consistent habit. Reading my Bible every day is a priority for me, and I am striving to make this a habit. In order to simplify this process, I have decided that writing a blog post about it every day is unnecessary.
Memorizing Bible verses is a priority for me. For the past week I have been reading a Proverb a day, and choosing a verse from the day’s chapter to memorize. If I keep this up for 4 years, I could (in theory) have the whole book memorized. Memorization is of course only one step, application is more important.
I have another habit that I have started but not blogged about: daily exercise. Every single day this year, I have done pushups and situps. I started January 1st with 10 pushups and 20 situps, every day. On January 8th I thought to myself, “Why not do more?” and increased to 15 and 25. I have continued to add 5 and 5 every Tuesday, meaning that this morning I did 45 pushups and 85 situps. By the end of the year, I will have done 50,050 pushups, and 64,610 situps. To date, I have done 1450/4470 this year.
When I began, my thought was not “I want to do 50k pushups” but rather “I want to improve”. I really have no idea how I’ll be doing 200+ pushups a day in December, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Pastor David Roseland has come and gone since my last blog post. He taught us Hebrew Poetry, including summaries of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon (on Valentines Day, no less). More than just summaries of the books, we focused on the structure of Hebrew poetry, parallelism and rhyming in thought. Each student gave a presentation on a section of Psalm 119 for practice.
In addition to the time in class, I spent as much time with David as I could. I went with Sergei to meet him at the airport, and barely left him alone after that. We did a good deal of Greek sentence diagramming with Max and a few of the other students, and also spent a lot of time with the Munko family.
Our professor this week is Ron Minton, teaching Bibliology with a side of Textual Criticism. He is an expert in New Testament Greek studies, and he frequently teaches seminars on “How We Got the Bible”, which deal with the writing and transmission of the text. Ron has also been writing a book about the subject for the past 20 years, and hopes to finish it sometime this year. In the meantime, he continues to teach here in Ukraine as a full-time missionary.
Also, I’ve decided to grow a beard.